802.11b or 802.11g which router? what antenna? oh the dilema!

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by null, Jul 13, 2003.

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    null Guest

    Hi Folks,

    I've been reading through this newsgroup, other websites including
    seattlewireless, tomshardware, etc. and I'm at a point of confusion.

    I want to wire up my house with wireless and have good range however I
    don't know anyone with wireless to test out their equipment to make up my

    I bought the linksys 802.11b kit only to find out the card was incompatible
    with my PCMCIA chipset. :( so back it went.
    Then I started reading up on 802.11g and it appears the standard has been
    ratified, yeah but is it worth it?

    So here's what I've got and maybe you can suggest what equipment best
    suites my needs.
    DSL 256Kb (lite version)
    1 laptop running XP and Linux that will be wireless (Sager 8886
    pctorque.com for complete specs)
    4 laptops running W2K and linux that will wired cat5 into the router

    With only 256k of DSL do I need 802.11g? or will 802.11b suit all my needs?

    I've been thinking about getting the Senao 200mw card with external antenna
    as this should allow me to roam all around the house and out onto the deck
    Does the AP need to have high power output also?

    What are your suggestions about this card and what wireless router would
    you recommend?

    Thanks in advance.
    null, Jul 13, 2003
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    null Guest

    Thanks for all the good info. I hadn't visited that site nor thought of
    setting up a *nix box as a router. I do have an old pentium mp3 player
    sitting in the basement that could do the job and a 166Mhz laptop. Sounds
    like it could be a nice project to try out. Though this might be farther
    down the line. I agree with you statement about Sager running hot. This
    'desktop replacement' runs quite warm (a bit too warm for 'laptop' use and
    at 15lbs too heavy which is why it's got it's own spot on the coffee table)
    null, Jul 13, 2003
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    Jeremy Parr Guest

    The isp-wireless list is pretty useless. Check out the
    Jeremy Parr, Jul 14, 2003
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